UPDATE: 3 Robbed Outside Silver Spring Station Apartments

The victims told police the robbers appeared to have handguns under their shirts.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m., Dec. 12)—A reported armed robbery early Sunday morning, in the unit block of Durban Court in Perry Hall, remains under investigation, police said. 

Outside the Silver Spring Station Apartments complex, at about 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 9, two men who appeared to have handguns under their shirts approached a woman and two men in their mid-20s, according to a police report. 

The men ordered the victims to hand over their purse and wallets. They then stole a purple purse, an iPhone, $100 in cash and a black leather wallet, before running away, the police report showed.

The suspects were described as a 5-foot-10 white male, 180 pounds with reddish blond hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt; and a 5-foot-11 white male, 180 pounds, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with blue lettering.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the White Marsh police precinct at 410-887-5000.  

Editor's Note: This post has been updated to reveal further information about the suspects. Maryland Patch managing editors have updated the policy with which our reporters will use race in suspect descriptions. - Sean Welsh, Associate Regional Editor, Maryland

Tim December 10, 2012 at 06:57 PM
with all the bigots around here, I can totally understand it.
PerryHallParent December 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Well said. I am left to assume and also have no way to keep an eye out for someone. There are no sketches anymore. By removing race from the equation, it keeps racism alive and well. It gives the impression that naming the race is racist which is a direct oxymoron of the policy itself. But whatever, these people are free to roam and keep robbing people, possibly killing or maiming someone next, but hey, don't tell us what race they are.
12 Gage December 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Why even write an articale if you can't complete the story ????
Dan December 10, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Excellent job of putting Political Correctness ahead of the safety & well-being local residents.
DB December 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
What do you expect from a site that is owned and ran by the same people who control the Baltimore Pravda known as the Sunpapers. Its easy to decipher them if you know their code, no race reported means non-white, no political affiliation reported means democrat.
Geographer December 11, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I live very close to here and walk my dog once every evening between midnight and 5am. I have seen so many men and kids that are out wandering around the parking lots and side streets directly in this spot during those hours. They are not walking dogs or even appear to have a destination; just looking at parked vehicles and walking aimlessly in and out of parking lots and in front yards. I have never seen these young men or kids around the neighborhood during the day ever.
SB December 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
As someone who often wears hooded sweatshirts, I think that the clothing descriptions should be removed from the article. I also love math and would hate to see any particular numbers become associated with alleged crimes. Story rewrite..."A certain number of people robbed a different number of other people." There we go. Perfect news. Won't insight (or enlighten) anyone.
PerryHallParent December 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Excellent point SB. My son wears a hooded sweatshirt as is the fashion for teens. He likes to go for walks and bike rides just for the exercise and sometimes listens to music or talk on his phone. Heck, I wear a hooded sweatshirt sometimes for running. The policy is stupid and acknowledges racism. It borders on amusing if people weren't being hurt and robbed because we don't have accurate and complete information.
Norm G December 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
@Emily Kimball. Can you please explain to your readers why the policy is to never mention race in criminal descriptions?
SB December 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Oops. Incite, not insight.
dv93 December 11, 2012 at 04:31 PM
They're just trying to put out an article about something that happened in the neighborhood. They need to be politically correct in this day and ifyou don't like that they don't describe more, there's no reason to complain about it. They're telling you all that they can for your well being. And for the record, anybody can get robbed by any kind of person at any time of day
Norm G December 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
@dv93 - Then by your logic the story shouldn't have been written at all! If you continue kowtowing to PC dogma then any detail such as neighborhood, time of day, description of vehicle, retailer (customer demographics), sir names or even the actual crime are subject to censorship to avoid being socially offensive.
dv93 December 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM
You're absolutely right. That's why its up to the Patch rather than all of us to decide what they will and will not censor to avoid being socially offensive. That's why rather than complaining, we should educate ourselves on the matter that is being written to the best of our abilities and move on
SB December 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I actually think this is an interesting point. Is Patch... a) presenting a story that may be of interest to the community, a.k.a., "be afraid"? or b) trying to elicit responses that may help solve this crime, "here is what the initial, admittedly not under oath, description of the bad guys was..."?
Sean Welsh December 12, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Hi all, let me chime in here as the managing editor who ultimately signed off on this post. Patch's policy is to withhold race in police descriptions unless there is unique characteristic that would identify the individual—such as a birthmark, tattoo or otherwise. In this case, there wasn't such an accompanying description given. Thanks for reading, Sean sean.welsh@patch.com
Dan December 12, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Its a policy of censorship - and not for any justifiable rationale. You can dress it up and call it "Policy" all day long to make it sound like it's just the way things have to be, but it is censorship, and it is by your own choosing. As long as the well being of your readers takes a back seat, the bloggings of so called amateur journalists will always be more relevant and comprehensive than those of Patch. Sean, perhaps you should make it policy for Patch writers to just stick with write-ups about holiday decoration contests. Leave real reporting to someone who wants to make a difference.
12 Gage December 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Race is A (unique characteristic )
Evets December 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
You have reiterated the policy, but have not provided an explanation or justification for said policy.
Evets December 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Yet, when you post a person as missing (a young person or an elderly person), you do post the person's race as a part of the description? Example: "Schultz is described as a white female, 5'6" and 145 pounds, with gray hair and glasses."
Evets December 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
FYI - this is not a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of speech (as in the 1st Amendment) prohibits the government from preventing newspapers and other organizations from printing whatever they wish to print. Newspapers and online news sources are free to self-censor what they publish. Of course, this does not make Patch's policy any less onerous.
Norm G December 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
@ Sean Welsh - Thank you for replying and citing the Patch's policy but you didn't explain the logic for it. If the Patch takes it upon themselves to censor critical information from stories to meet an agenda then why should I trust any of your stories? Do you expect us to believe this is the only example of self-censorship? So was this policy developed by The Patch Network or mandated by your parent company (AOL/Huffington Post)? If it started with the Patch Network then the question still stands....WHY?!
Sean Welsh December 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
This post is being updated to reveal further information about the suspect. Maryland Patch managing editors have update the policy with which our reporters will use race in suspect descriptions. Sean Welsh Associate Regional Editor, Maryland
Tim December 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Nice job accepting (reasonably constructive) criticism and acting on it. I am certain that any small probability of finding/assisting in the capture of criminals like this has increased for the future. We can't look out for what we can't identify.
John Clarke December 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
After my reading of this article, The descriptions of two white males of about 180lbs. with hooded sweatshirts was posted and was quite explicit. Too many people worry about being politically correct all the time and it isn't being racist in stating what ones color was when giving a description of the perpetrators of the crime.
Evets December 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Kudos to the Patch for reviewing and changing their policy regarding descriptions of people people suspected of committing a crime. This shows that you are willing to revisit your policies rather than entrench yourself.
Dan December 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Bravo to you patch, for putting public safety back at the top of your priorities.
PerryHallParent December 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM
It was very informative to read the article and have a much better description. Being informed helps us be aware of our surroundings and possibly identify a suspect. This is excellent news.
SB December 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I think this makes sense. Well done. Too bad we can't do something to address the scary number of people that respond to these crime stories begging people to break into their homes so they can shoot them.
BobBaft December 14, 2012 at 02:53 PM
@dv93 Don't be the first one beatching and crying when one of these "non-descript" persons of interest rape, rob, and kill your or one of your family members because you weren't aware that he was a 6 ft brown haired white man who had previously done the same to another bleeding heart pansie down the street.
Chillin December 18, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Now that's a real policy. Report the news to us as it is reported to you. Good move Patch in restoring the faith of your readers that you are simply reporters and not social engineers. Like Sgt. Friday says..."Just the facts maam, just the facts." See that wasn't so bad now was it. Jesse Jackson can't come and get you until he gets after the City Paper for disclosing the race of every killer and murder victim each week in their paper. Check it out, you'll see it deep in the middle of that paper.


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